A superhero, gone too soon. Chadwick Boseman, 43, lost his long battle to cancer, passed away on the 29th of August. Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago and fought through cancer as he bought some of our most beloved roles to life. But instead of complaining and taking a break, Boseman persevered and never let his illness define him. As the world mourns the loss of a superhero, we take a look back at Boseman’s iconic characters and his contribution in shaping the movie landscape.
Remembering Chadwick Boseman’s legacy
Born and raised in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and began acting from an early age. But success didn’t come immediately to Boseman who spent quite a while working on small roles. Things changed in 2013, as Boseman secured a role as the stoic baseball star Robinson, the 2013 movie, 42.
Since then, Boseman’s career traced an upward trajectory and he portrayed the role of Brown in the biopic Get On Up. However, the undeniable hit of Boseman’s career is the 2018 Marvel Flick, Black Panther. Fans wanted a solo movie featuring Boseman ever since his minor appearance in Captain America: Civil War.
The 2018 Black Panther movie not only paved the way for Boseman into the A-list actors’ list but also proved to be a significant victory for people of color. Black Panther was hailed as the first superhero movie featuring a predominantly African American cast and was nominated for six Oscars. While Boseman missed out on the Academy Award, his work on Black Panther was surrounded by praise.
But Boseman was not just known for his movies. He tackled the issue of race and oppression with grace and tact that was rarely mirrored. As John Legend puts it,
“He always seemed to carry our ancestors with him. And now he joins them far too soon.”
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Following his passing tributes poured for the 43-year old actor from fans and followers around the world. While each celebrated Boseman on their own terms, the recurring theme was one, “Wakanda Forever.” And it is his iconic salute that Boseman will be most remembered for. As the world lays the memory of another hero to rest, there are a few who remember his legacy.
Boseman is survived by his wife Taylor Simone Ledward. Ledward is a singer who graduated from California State Polytechnic University Pomona in 2014. The pair were first spotted together in 2015 but maintained an air of secrecy in their relationship. It took a special night for Chadwick to announce their love as he took the stage to accept the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. The pair got engaged in October 2019, in Malibu, California. While the details of the pair’s marriage were never made public, the statement released by Boseman’s family after his death referred to Ledward as his wife. The statement read,
“It was the honor of [Boseman’s] career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”